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The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Photo: Tony Bartholomew The Woman in Black at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Photo: Tony Bartholomew
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The Woman in Black succeeds where the recent stage adaptation of another Susan Hill novel, The Mist in the Mirror, failed.

The latter relied upon flashy, hi-tech hijinks, which were stunning but failed to shock and scare. This performer-friendly show is in a different league.

This revival is staged during the 60th anniversary of Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre – where Susan Hill’s thriller premiered more than 25 years ago.

The production makes its mark despite being an essentially simple two-hander, with both performers – father and son Christopher and Tom Godwin – carrying off multiple roles with aplomb.

Robin Herford’s direction is masterful in the way it conjures up key moments of surprise and Ric Mountjoy’s lighting design is like a character in itself, working with Gareth Owen’s sound to gradually reveal a well-known, but fresh and vital narrative.

This production excels, offering its own take on this most popular of theatrical thrillers its own, and creating an impassioned and authentic take on Susan Hill’s book.

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Verdict
Father and son double-act star in two hander with a great sense of timing and a design to die for
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